On Tuesday night, the major TV networks and Cable News carriers all gave air time to a grumpy old president, ranting and raving about Mexicans coming into the states with drugs and taking our jobs. The man doing all the ranting was of course, President Donald Trump.
Many outlets fact checked Trump before the address even took place, illustrating how incredibly predictable he really is. He did not disappoint.
-The very first sentence out of Trump’s mouth was a lie. Sitting behind his desk, Trump warned of a “security crisis at the southern border”. However, the number of people caught trying to cross illegally is near 20-year lows. There is no security crisis at the border
There were 1.6 million in 2000 trying to cross the border, which was the peak of the illegal crossings, which have been in decline since. In 2018, the number was under 400,000. The 2018 number was up from just over 300,000 apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border for fiscal 2017, the lowest level in more than 45 years.
-Trump also falsely claimed hat border agents “encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country” every day. However, his own administration puts the daily average for 2018 in the hundreds.
-Trump also claimed 90 percent of the heroin in the United States comes across the border with Mexico, which is also false, as most of the drugs come through legal entry points and wouldn’t be stopped by the border wall.
-Trump said: “America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation, but all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. Among those hardest hit are African Americans and Hispanic Americans.”
Wrong: Economists point out that “illegal immigration tends to affect less-educated and low-skilled American workers the most, which disproportionately encompasses black men and recently arrived, low-educated legal immigrants, including Latinos.”
“The consensus among economic research studies is that the impact of immigration is primarily a net positive for the U.S. economy and to workers overall, especially over the long term. According to a comprehensive 2016 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the economic impacts of the U.S. immigration system, studies on the impact of immigration showed “the seemingly paradoxical result that although larger immigration flows may generate higher rates of unemployment in some sectors, overall, the rate of unemployment for native workers declines.” (Source, Washington Post)
Twitter was quick to notice Trump’s falsehoods as well…
There is a humanitarian crisis of border crossings
Democrats don’t want a concrete wall
The wall will pay for itself
Democrats don’t want border security
Trump’s speech was a call for bipartisanship
Trump was being sincere